Notes from The Red Pony
In his first story from The Red Pony, father Carl Tiflin gives his son Jody a red pony named Gabilan. After forming a strong bond with Gabilan, the pony gets sick and eventually dies. I remember the scene from the movie very vividly. The pony is standing in the rain and having difficulty breathing. The next scene shows Jody attempting to keep the vultures from landing on and eating the carcass of his red pony. I remember sobbing as I watched this movie.
While the book The Red Pony is a classic – required reading in many schools – and a favorite book for horse lovers, I would not recommend The Red Pony movie for young children.
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Book review and photos by Equestrian Travel Expert Nancy D. Brown